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SubjectRe: [patch 2/2] sched: Scale the nohz_tracker logic by making it per NUMA node
On Mon, 2009-12-14 at 14:32 -0800, Pallipadi, Venkatesh wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-12-14 at 14:21 -0800, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-12-10 at 17:27 -0800, wrote:
> > > Having one idle CPU doing the rebalancing for all the idle CPUs in
> > > nohz mode does not scale well with increasing number of cores and
> > > sockets. Make the nohz_tracker per NUMA node. This results in multiple
> > > idle load balancing happening at NUMA node level and idle load balancer
> > > only does the rebalance domain among all the other nohz CPUs in that
> > > NUMA node.
> > >
> > > This addresses the below problem with the current nohz ilb logic
> > > * The lone balancer may end up spending a lot of time doing the
> > > * balancing on
> > > behalf of nohz CPUs, especially with increasing number of sockets and
> > > cores in the platform.
> >
> > If the purpose is to keep sockets idle, doing things per node doesn't
> > seem like a fine plan, since we're having nodes <= socket machines these
> > days.
> The idea is to do idle balance only within the nodes.
> Eg: 4 node (and 4 socket) system with each socket having 4 cores.
> If there is a single active thread on such a system, say on socket 3.
> Without this change we have 1 idle load balancer (which may be in socket
> 0) which has periodic ticks and remaining 14 cores will be tickless.
> But this one idle load balancer does load balance on behalf of itself +
> 14 other idle cores.
> With the change proposed in this patch, we will have 3 completely idle
> nodes/sockets. We will not do load balance on these cores at all.

That seems like a behavioural change, not balancing these 3 nodes at all
could lead to overload scenarios on the one active node, right?

> Remaining one active socket will have one idle load balancer, which when
> needed will do idle load balancing on behalf of itself + 2 other idle
> cores in that socket.

> If there all sockets have atleast one busy core, then we may have more
> than one idle load balancer, but each will only do idle load balance on
> behalf of idle processors in its own node, so total idle load balance
> will be same as now.

How about things like Magny-Cours which will have multiple nodes per
socket, wouldn't that be best served by having the total socket idle,
instead of just half of it?

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